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This is a work in progress, and excerpts on topics related to democratic government will be added from time to time as they come to the editor's attention during his reading of the complete essays of Macaulay.Eyler Robert Coates, Sr.
I've wrote one essay for Macaulay and now I'm onto brainstorming the second, however, I'm torn. One school I'm applying to with Macaulay also has general admission essays. We can choose our topic, which is great, but I was wondering if I can recycle one of my Macaulay essays to use for general admission at that school? It's the same prompt. I would do it, but I'm worried. I don't want admissions to think I'm lazy?? It's one of the harder CUNYs to get into, and I really don't want to create that impression. I'm very on the fence about it.. hmm what do you think??
Thomas Babington Macaulay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As we were dining at Rangoli in Chantilly (Northern Virginia) the other day, we were eerily reminded of what our favorite essayist Macaulay wrote in his essay on the Prussian king Frederic the Great.Macaulay's political writings are famous for their ringing prose and for its confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history, according to which the country threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This model of human progress has been called the Whig interpretation of history. This philosophy appears most clearly in the essays Macaulay wrote for the Edinburgh Review. But it is also reflected in the History; the most stirring passages in the work are those that describe the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688. Macaulay's approach has been criticised by later historians for its one-sidedness and its complacency. Karl Marx referred to him as a 'systematic falsifier of history'. His tendency to see history as a drama led him to treat figures whose views he opposed as if they were villains, while characters he approved of were presented as heroes. Macaulay goes to considerable length, for example, to absolve his main hero William III of any responsibility for the Glencoe massacre. Winston Churchill devoted a four volume biography of the Duke of Marlborough to rebutting Macaulay's slights of his ancestor, expressing hope 'to fasten the label "Liar" to his genteel coat-tails.' On the other hand, this outlook, together with his obvious love of his subject matter and of English civilization, helps to place the reader within the age being described in a personal way that no cold neutrality could, and Macaulay's History is generally recognized as one of the masterpieces of historical writing and a magisterial literary triumph only comparable as such to Gibbon and Michelet.